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Wednesday Links

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On June 21, 2017
Some links for your reading pleasure… The AUMF is infinitely flexible.  What we know about the USS Fitzgerald collision. What we know about the Syrian Su-22 shootdown. Iain Ballantyne on the history of the submarine… Moon Jae-in gets to meet Donald Trump!  A brief history of women in the surface warfare community.   Share

Su-22 Down

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On June 19, 2017

So we got this going on: A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet from Carrier Air Wing 8 on board the USS George Bush shot down a Syrian Air Force Su-22 ground attack aircraft near Raqqa, Syria after the air

USS Fitzgerald

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On June 17, 2017

So this happened. Seven sailors are missing and three more, including the commanding officer, were confirmed injured after the USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant vessel early Saturday off the coa

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At the Diplomat, I express some skepticism about FONOP-mania: FONOPs taken; FONOPs not taken; FONOPs misconducted; FONOPs conducted at the behest of one element of the U.S. foreign policy hierarchy rather than some other element; FONOPs as indicative of the policy of one administration rather than another. In sum, Dutton and Kardon make clear that […]

Midway

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On June 13, 2017

I had a couple of pieces on the Midway commemoration last week.  First, some technical thoughts: The basic tactical situation at Midway is well-known; the Americans enjoyed the advantages of land-bas

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Here’s a follow up to my piece on the difficulties of killing an aircraft carrier: We know how to kill aircraft carriers—or at least we know how best to try to kill aircraft carriers. Submarine-launched torpedoes, cruise missiles fired from a variety of platforms and ballistic missiles can all give an aircraft carrier a very […]
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